Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: La Dolce Volta
Size: 118 MB
Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
01. I. Durchaus fantastich und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; im Legenden-Ton
02. II. Ma?ßig. Durchaus energisch
03. III. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten
Kreisleriana, op. 16
04. I. A?ußerst bewegt
05. II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
06. III. Sehr aufgeregt
07. IV. Sehr langsam
08. V. Sehr lebhaft
09. VI. Sehr langsam
10. VII. Sehr rasch
11. VIII. Schnell und spielend
One of the most important Spanish pianists today, Joaquin Achucarro has made landmark recordings of the ‘Goyescas’ and the ‘Nuits dans les Jardins d’Espagne’.
It would be a mistake however to categorise him as a mere specialist of Spanish music. German music features prominently in his repertoire: Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann in particular. His DVD devoted to Brahms second concerto with Documentary footage received Editor’s Choice in Classic FM and an IRR Outstanding [Opus Arte].
Extraordinarily attentive to the specificities of Schumann’s rhythms, Joaquin Achucarro’s recording of the ‘Fantasy’ and the ‘Kreisleriana’ highlights the essence of these works, made even more fascinating by the exceptional richness of his touch.
“The piano is a percussion instrument. Some extraordinary pianists, and Joaquin is one of them, can make it appear that the piano goes legato and that the notes grow into each other… there is a very particular sound that he can make that now very, very few pianists can make. It’s a very rare thing and it’s instantly recognisable” Sir Simon Rattle